New Grad Nurses struggling to find jobs - CNN Reporter wants to hear from you - page 3

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allnurses.com appreciates how difficult the job market can be for new grad nurses. We are working with Annalyn Kurtz, a CNN Money Reporter get info for an article that will highlight this nationwide issue. We have created... Read More


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    @ Belle Monte -
    That is great to hear you and your classmates already have jobs lined up! Where do you live? Just curious if I should expand my job search. I graduate in May and am just starting to look at what jobs are out there. Any suggestions for the job search?
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    I was fortunate enough to find a job after 6 months. It was a struggle, even with finishing a BSN. I've also had experienced nurses tell me that they are having a hard time finding work because hospitals don't want to pay for experience. I think it's time for schools and hospital administrators to be honest and stop telling people that there is a nursing shortage.
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    Wow, very cool idea. Wish I was a new Grad again! (...okay, maybe not, but younger would be good)
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    See it's just the opposite problem for me and others I know. Everyone wants at least 1 year experience. No exceptions.
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    It all does seem rather uneven with no rhyme or reason as to whom is hired.

    On the NY local forum you hear new grads wailing about their fate, others have been hired if not a once perhaps several weeks or months after gaining licensure. One new *male* nurse just peeped up he has not one but two full time gigs at top NYC hospitals. Go figure.
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    Just posted my story. Felt good.
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    Quote from sandya46
    Hi,
    I have been a nurse for 20+ years. Due to an accident injury and a health issue, I can no longer work the floor. I am having just as hard a time as the new grads trying to find a job that is not on the floor...and I have my Masters! How about us with this issue? I have lots of interviews and then nothing. I feel like as soon as a couple of the major health systems in my area get my resume`, they toss it out and sending the reject letter! I was perfectly qualified for one position and found out later it went to a new grad! I feel very discriminated against. I am not the only one with this issue either. If so many places won't hire the new grads and won't hire experienced nurses like me, what the heck do they want?
    Thank you,
    Sandra Arens MSN RN
    fill out the form maybe it will give her another point of view
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    Quote from lee113
    I was fortunate enough to find a job after 6 months. It was a struggle, even with finishing a BSN. I've also had experienced nurses tell me that they are having a hard time finding work because hospitals don't want to pay for experience. I think it's time for schools and hospital administrators to be honest and stop telling people that there is a nursing shortage.
    tell her fill out the form!!!!
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    Quote from IKnowYouRider
    Just posted my story. Felt good.
    good for you!!!!
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    Quote from sandya46
    Hi,
    I have been a nurse for 20+ years. Due to an accident injury and a health issue, I can no longer work the floor. I am having just as hard a time as the new grads trying to find a job that is not on the floor...and I have my Masters! How about us with this issue? I have lots of interviews and then nothing. I feel like as soon as a couple of the major health systems in my area get my resume`, they toss it out and sending the reject letter! I was perfectly qualified for one position and found out later it went to a new grad! I feel very discriminated against. I am not the only one with this issue either. If so many places won't hire the new grads and won't hire experienced nurses like me, what the heck do they want?
    Thank you,
    Sandra Arens MSN RN
    In my area a representative of one of the largest health care businesses stated recently that they require 2-5 years of nursing experience for most of their nursing positions. My interpretation is that they largely don't want the expense and inconvenience of training new graduates and primarily want nurses who are already trained at a functional level, currently employed and current in their practice. I further interpret this to mean that they do not generally seek nurses with greater than five years experience as these nurses will usually command a higher salary and may be more of an unknown quantity in terms of age, health, previous work related injuries, etc., and would thus likely be a more expensive employee. I heard of an older, experienced nurse who was hired there recently due to having the right connections.
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